THE INFLUENCE OF SIBLING PRESENCE ON LANGUAGE ACQUISITION OF YOUNG CHILDREN IN FAMILIES IN RACHUONYO DISTRICT, HOMABAY COUNTY

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Although the investigation of child development, in general, has a long and varied
tradition, researchers have primarily been interested in either the child alone or the
interaction of the child with the mother. Children, however, rarely live alone with
their mother. The focus of this study, however, is based on the influence of sibling
presence on language acquisition of young children in families’. Using 81 selected
schools and 100 families this research sought to determine the following
objectives -: How siblings presence activate the children’s inborn abilities to
acquire speech, The effects of siblings' relationship on vocabulary size, The extent
to which siblings' presence widens children’s grammar. The research was a
descriptive survey in nature. For a fair representation, a Multi-stage sampling
technique was used. This is a technique where clusters are selected from the
population. Based on the sample frame, stratified random sampling was used to
determine the sample for the study. The stratification was defined depending on
the type of school either public or private and the teaching level. The sample size
constituted of 81 schools within Rachuonyo South District. Sixty respondents
comprising of parents, pupils, older siblings, teachers and guardians were selected
for the research. Both qualitative and quantitative data was collected using
structured questionnaires. The study took note of the various levels of language
development together with the challenges they faced. Data was sorted then
analyzed. SPSS software was used to enhance the data processing by providing
relevant tables for analysis. Direct attention was given to the diverse methods of
data collection in child language research, and the facilities they offer from the

Author: 
WERE MAGRET OKELO
Unit: 
COMMTECH

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